Interviewer:  I’ve heard that after a person on Medicaid dies the state gets all of their assets and leaves nothing for the family. Is that true?

Becky Cholewka:  It could potentially be true. This is why planning is so important. When somebody that’s on Medicaid passes away there’s something called recovery. That means that the Medicaid office can try to recover for the benefits that [inaudible 00:26] received.

The types of assets that they can go after is anything that goes through probate. They can also go after your residence.

Here at Cholewka Law, part of our regular estate planning is helping people avoid probate. If you have good estate planning on the front end there can be very, very few assets for Medicaid to actually go after on the back end.